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Versace’s tragic Miami mansion set for auction

 

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The palatial Miami mansion where iconic fashion designer Gianni Versace was murdered goes under the hammer on Tuesday with auctioneers hoping to clinch a sale for as much as $40 million.

Bidding for the Mediterranean-styled estate on Miami Beach’s prestigious Ocean Drive, just steps from the sea, is to start at $25 million, a Fisher Auction spokesman.

Casa Casuarina boasts 10 bedrooms and 11 baths, mosaic flooring and an array of frescoes and murals custom-made for Versace. Two rooftop terraces boast spectacular views of the beach and an observatory has everything one needs for an evening of star-gazing — cushions, armchairs and a bar.

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Other luxury features include gold-plated bathroom fixtures and an open-air courtyard.

A suite once occupied by the designer himself contains a king-size bed, as well as a huge bathroom, a walk-in closet and even a small terrace overlooking the sea.

Versace, 50, was shot dead on the steps of the villa in July 1997 by serial killer Andrew Cunanan.

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In the wake of the murder, the Italian fashion designer’s family put the property up for sale and it changed hands in 2000 for $19 million. Most recently, the villa has been a boutique hotel.

The mansion was built in 1930 by architect Alden Freeman in homage to a villa constructed in the Dominican Republic in 1510 by Diego Columbus, the son of explorer Christopher Columbus. Seven years later, in 1937, the house was sold to Jacques Amsterdam, who called it “The Amsterdam Palace.”

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Versace bought the property for $2.9 million in 1992, in addition to the empty Revere Hotel next door. He spent $33 million on renovations.

The villa went on sale more than a year ago for $125 million but, in the absence of buyers, the asking price dropped to $75 million several months ago, before it landed on the auction block.

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Versace to open Macau luxury hotel

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The Italian luxury brand has signed a deal to open its third ‘Palazzo’ hotel, as part of a new casino resort development in Cotai, Macau.

Versace has partnered with Hong Kong based SJM holdings on the deal, which will see a new five star hotel opening in the Chinese city of Macau. The new location will join the company’s two Palazzo Versace hotels, located in Dubai (where plans for a refrigerated beach sadly had to be scrapped) and on Australia’s Gold Coast.

Macau, which featured in last year’s James Bond blockbuster “Skyfall,” is one of China’s two special administrative regions, alongside Hong Kong. The former Portuguese colony is the only part of the People’s Republic where casinos are permitted, and it’s a lucrative business.

According to Bloomberg, Macau raked in around $38 billion from casinos in 2012 with tourist numbers from mainland China and Hong Kong growing year on year.

Luxury hotels are an increasingly big attraction for fashion brands: Giorgio Armani has two locations in Dubai and Milan, while fellow Italian label Bulgari has three hotels in London, Milan and Bali, restaurants in Japan and a new Shanghai spot set to open up in 2015.

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Versus Versace x K-way collection

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Announced last May, this exclusive K-way collection for Versus Versace is now available. The products of this unique collaboration — a zipped jacket and iPad sleeve —  can be found on VersusVersace.com.

For this special edition, the iconic polyester waterproof K-way zipped jacket features the black and white optical print of Versus Versace’s new collection. Reversible and foldable, the jacket also has an adjustable drip-preventing hood.

K-way also worked on a waterproof iPad sleeve for Versus Versace. The inside of the sleeve carries the black and white optical effect print, while the outside features the brands’ logos.

The jacket retails for €295 and the iPad sleeve for €75.

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Kate Moss strips off for Versace

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Supermodel Kate Moss appears in a new Versace campaign shot by Mert Alas & Marcus Piggott.

Shot in London in March this year, a chestnut-haired Kate Moss stripped off for the famous Italian luxury brand in a new campaign for the Versace Fall-Winter 2013 collection.

Stylist Melanie Ward evidently decided that less was more, using three Versace leather handbags in red, black and yellow to cover the 39-year-old model up in one shot, while Kate appears in nothing but a bright animal print fur in another image.

Donatella Versace said she wanted the photos “stripped back to the raw power of the clothes and models”. She added: “There’s no set, no distraction, just the provocation, glamour and attitude of our fashion. Mert & Marcus genius transformed Kate and Saskia into these strong Versace characters.”

Dutch model and artist Saskia de Brauw also stars in the women’s campaign, while David Bradshaw styled models Travis Smith, Dominik Bauer and Matt Trethe for the menswear images.

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The Palazzo Versace Hotel in Dubai

Palazzo Versace Dubai

A sprawling, palatial hotel and residence signed by luxury label Versace is set to open its doors next summer in the heart of Dubai.

Specs for the Palazzo Versace Dubai are impressive. Hotel guests and residents will be offered a range of luxury amenities that include a lagoon, sandy beach, waterfront pedestrian promenade, male and female day spa and salon, indoor and outdoor swimming pools and, of course, a Versace boutique.

The property will house 169 condominiums and 214 opulently decorated hotel rooms swathed in rich fabrics and silk, hand-cut marble, bespoke mosaics and hand-drawn, gold-etched vaulted ceilings, all of which have been chosen to evoke European and Italian grandeur.

More than 100 specialists, including top stonemasons and mosaic artists from around the world have been recruited to work on the hotel, 90% of whom are artisans based out of the United Arab Emirates.

The building exterior, meanwhile, evokes Greco-Roman art with a Medusa porte-cochere, elegant pillars and a landscape of water fountains, reflection pools and lagoons.

The Dubai outpost will be the label’s second luxury property in the world after the Palazzo Versace Gold Coast in Queensland, Australia, which opened in 2000.

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Versace shows first images of new Versus collection

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Set for a full unveiling on May 15, Versace has given fans a taste of its new collaboration with young British designer J W Anderson.

“Screen Test” by Versus Versace was shot in Greece behind the scenes on the Versus x J W Anderson campaign.

The minute-long video shows the first black and white images of the collection, while the models discuss their music preferences, including dubstep, Alice Cooper, Francoise Hardy, and Nirvana.

In fact for Donatella Versace, music is at the center of the new collection: “I always connect Versus with rock music because I love music, I’m a music addict.”

Fashionista has an exclusive video chat with the fashion star, who explained the brand’s new position on fashion shows: “It’s getting really old to go to fashion shows now and sit down,” she said, “we’re never going to have a fashion show again for Versus, Versus will be shown through events.”

The 59-year-old creative also spoke about sharing designs online to ask Versus fans for their opinions.

“It’s easier to be protected in your studio” but her real desire is to share the brand with customers and fans, explaining that “I want fashion to become a community.”

Versace also let slip about the next Versus collaboration, which is apparently is set to take place with outerwear label K-Way, which Donatella calls “a very special brand.”

The J W Anderson collection for Versus will be unveiled at an event in New York City. Until last year Versus was working with Scottish designer Christopher Kane on the Versus collection.

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Versace unveiling new Versus watches at Baselworld

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Italian luxury brand Versace is unveiling a new collection of watches under its Versus label at Baselworld one of the luxury calendar’s biggest events.

When late last year it was announced that Versace was ending its collaboration with London-based designer Christopher Kane on the Versus collection, the fashion world was eager to hear what the Italian luxury label would be serving up next.

While Kane has gone on to focus on his successful main line (which received a sizeable investment from Stella McCartney and Alexander McQueen owner Kering earlier this year), Versace chose to explore its options in new digital (“a key word that describes the Versus tribe”) and non-seasonal directions.

We’re still eagerly awaiting the clothing collection for the brand by young British designer J W Anderson, the first in a series of different collaborations, which is set to drop (according to Versace’s online countdown) in just over two weeks’ time.

The Versus timepieces include the Tokyo, Ibiza and Agadir which blend cutting-edge technology and materials with the traditional luxury of the label.

Meanwhile, four new models under the Versace label play with the brand’s motifs in a fun and vibrant way: the Vanitas, Thea, the sporty V-Race and the limited edition Dv One Skeleton show off the Versace’s vibrant design touches and also feature Swiss-made movements.

Versace Vanitas watches

Atelier Versace Jewellery

Versace launching jewelry line

Atelier Versace Jewellery

Versace will launch a new Atelier Jewelry collection on day one of Paris Haute Couture Fashion Week, with the label’s creative director Donatella Versace citing each piece a “work of art.”

The unveiling will take place July 1, when the Italian house makes its return to the couture catwalk with a runway presentation at the Ritz Paris.
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Versace Étoile De La Mer Eyewear Collection

Versace Etoile De La Mer sunglasses

Donatella Versace’s latest eyewear collection Etoile de la Mer was unveiled during Haute Couture Fashion Week last Monday in Paris.

The campaign image features supermodel Gisèle Bündchen, photographed by Mert & Marcus at an abandoned pool in the California desert.

The collection, which will be available in Versace boutiques and selected retailers worldwide from March 2012, focuses on just two sunglasses and one optical model.
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Young Versace Ad Campaign

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Young Versace has unveiled its new advertising campaign with supermodel Cindy Crawford’s 10-year-old daughter Kaia Gerber as the face.

Modeling designs adorned with the label’s iconic Greek key motif, Gerber was shot by acclaimed fashion photographers Mert Alas and Marcus Piggott.

According to the fashion house’s creative director Donatella Versace, Gerber proved she has inherited her famous mother’s talent when modeling the collection.
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Versace for H&M Cruise collection highlights

versace for h&m cruise collection

The first images from the Versace for H&M Cruise collection have been revealed, with highlights including pastel-colored dresses, separates and accessories.

While the first collection was dominated by gold and bright vintage Versace prints, the Cruise collection has more of a fruity feel, and also features beachwear and lingerie.

The Cruise collection comprises 24 womenswear items and 14 for men, with creations for the latter including fresh denim and minimalistic T-shirts.
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